Three talking points from the Cork footballers' trip to Leitrim

Three talking points from the Cork footballers' trip to Leitrim
John O'Rourke in action against Leitrim. Picture: James Molloy


Last week, Michael Hurley scored five points after coming off the bench and, while the Castlehaven man wasn’t on the scoresheet yesterday, Luke Connolly ended with a similar haul after he replaced Hurley. 

While you could look at it as a negative that those starting need replacing, it is a good sign that Cork can introduce players who are able to positively affect the game. It also bodes well that there is strong competition for places within the squad.


This was the first time since 2018 that Cork put two league wins back-to-back and you have to go back five years for the last time that the Rebels opened a campaign with a pair of victories. Ronan McCarthy said before the league that he felt that a total of ten points would guarantee promotion and another one against Down would leave Cork in a great position.

Brian Hartnett. Picture: James Molloy
Brian Hartnett. Picture: James Molloy


As with the Offaly game, Cork did well to make goal opportunities only to be denied by a mix of good goalkeeping and poor shooting. The hope is that if the chances continue to come, the conversion rate will eventually improve.

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